Leicester City visited Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and after 90 minutes of football, the encounter ended in a stalemate. The visitors will be the happier side, knowing they stole a point from one of Europe’s finest. Chelsea, on the other hand will be left ruing their failure to turn up against the Foxes. The game has come and gone, but not without leaving us with a few lessons.
CHELSEA NEED TO BUY
If anything was learned on Saturday evening, it’s that Chelsea need to go into the transfer market, and buy. We have a good squad, but do they have what it takes to compete till the end of the season? Fresher legs would inject more life in the team, and increase competition, which seems to have declined lately. Bringing in Ross Barkley is a start, but the board cannot stop there. We have now played three consecutive goalless draws; that must be a sign that we need more depth. Our competitors will strengthen, we must too.
HAZARD NEEDS GOOD BACKUP
If you take a look at the current Manchester City team, it’s crystal clear they have a lot of key men. They have Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Sane, and many more players that can easily pick an opposition apart. The team is well-rounded that no one has bearing on the team, that’s why they keep winning games. It’s not just grit; it’s an abundance of talent.
At Chelsea, we only have Eden Hazard to look to as a star player. But the truth is he cannot deliver always. He’ll have off days, and days he’ll be shackled by the opposition — Saturday is a good example. He couldn’t do much until he was taken off not too long after the restart. Getting another player or two of Hazard’s quality would do us a world of good, and save us from damaging results like we had on Saturday.
WE CAN STILL FINISH SECOND
I hate to say it, but there’s honestly little or no chance we’ll pip City to the title this season. Next season has hope, but this season is looking just about over for us in the league. If there’s anything to fight for in the EPL, it’s second place, to at least finish with some dignity as reigning champions. The positive to it all is that we’re not far from doing that. We might have drawn on Saturday, but there’s little separating us with United now in second. If we keep the pace, we should overtake them soon.
Saturday wasn’t a memorable experience, but hopefully, the boys and Conte learn from it as we move forward.